Poetry Friday: Ready

I learn so much from watching Renee LaTulippe’s Peek & Critique videos. And they are a wonderful review of much of what I learned in her Lyrical Language Lab course. In this week’s lesson we were challenged to write a free verse poem about a character or an event and reveal as much as possible in as few words as possible. My poem is loosely based on memories of my mother, but this character is much more confident. My mother was very intelligent and in some ways independent, but she never saw that in herself. I wish she had. So this poem is for her and how it might have been.


A pause by the hall mirror.

She checks her make-up

one last time.

Gently places her hat

(the green velvet pill-box)

on carefully coiffed hair.

Pulls long black gloves

(the ones with the hand-sewn sequins)

over tired hands.


for a concert,

a play,

a quiet dinner.


for the world.

Today’s Friday Poetry round up is at Deowriter. Thanks, Jone!

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9 Responses to Poetry Friday: Ready

  1. janicescully says:

    Thank you for sharing. I also recently wrote a poem about my mother. I enjoyed the details in your poem.

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  2. lindabaie says:

    It feels important, Rose, even years after, to write this for your mother. I love your showing that (to me) gives extra meaning to the glance in the mirror, so poignant.

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  3. Tabatha says:

    What a beautiful idea, writing for what might have been. I love the detail of tired hands — who knows what kind of day she had, but she is still pulling out the green velvet and black sequins!

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  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love that you wrote for what might have been. The details you include evoke so much–the sequined gloves over tired hands.

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  5. kareneastlund4898 says:

    Thanks for this evocative poem. This reminds me of my mother as well. The green velvet pillbox and the last look in the mirror are touchstones for me. Excellent…

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  6. maryleehahn says:

    You succeeded!

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  7. The details in this poem are stunning. I need to watch Renee’s videos.

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